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Privacy Policy

Onion, Inc., producer of The Onion and its related content and service sites, believes that electronic privacy is crucial for the ongoing success of the Internet as a service, commercial, and entertainment medium. We know you're concerned about protecting your privacy online. At The Onion, we treat your personal information (especially payment information) with the highest standards of safety, security, and confidentiality.

Information Gathered
We don't collect personal information without your knowledge. We don't sell, rent, or give your personal information to unrelated third parties without your prior permission.

This policy explains what information we collect about you and how we use that information. We also outline the choices you have.

The Onion Store and Onion Subscriptions
By shopping at store.theonion.com or subscribe.theonion.com, you accept the practices outlined in this Privacy Policy.

In order to ship products to you, we need to collect information about you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, e-mail address, home phone number and credit card information. We use your e-mail address as a login for the store, as well as a way to send you a confirmation of your order. If we have a question about your order, we may contact you by e-mail or by phone. For example, we may call you to verify your credit card information on a large purchase. We do this for your protection.

You can change your personal information at any time by clicking the "my account" button and login with your e-mail address and password. There, you can modify your account information.

The Onion store does not require the use of cookies. However, we offer it as a convenient way for our store to confirm your identity and keep items in your shopping cart if you leave the site.

If you do not want to use cookies to login, simply choose to login manually as your login option when setting up your account or while modifying your account information. For more information about cookies, click here.

The use of advertising cookies sent by third-party servers is standard in the Internet industry. You may occasionally get cookies from our advertisers. The Onion cannot and does not control these cookies.

The Back Issues Order Form requires the use of cookies to transfer your order choices from one page to the next.

The Onion pledges a safe and worry-free shopping experience. We use the industry standard for Internet security, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL 128-bit) encryption to protect your personal data and ensure that it is transmitted securely.

Traffic Data
Each time a visitor comes to an Onion, Inc. site, information is collected to improve the overall quality of Onion, Inc. sites. Onion, Inc. collects the visitor's domain name/IP Address (e.g., whether the user is logged on from netscape.com or yale.edu or, referral data (e.g., we record the address of the last URL a user visited prior to clicking through to an Onion, Inc. site), and browser/platform type (e.g., a Netscape browser on a Macintosh platform).

In addition to collecting these types of information, Onion, Inc.'s advertisement delivery system collects aggregate search terms for internal reporting and targeted advertising. Onion, Inc.'s advertisement delivery system collects visitor information for purposes of product monitoring, product improvement, and targeted advertising.

Onion, Inc. also counts, tracks, and aggregates the visitor's activity into our analysis of general traffic flow at Onion, Inc. sites (e.g., tracking where traffic comes from and how traffic flows within the sites). Onion, Inc. may merge this information into group data, which may then be shared on an aggregated basis with potential advertisers, research firms, and business partners. Onion, Inc. will not disclose your individual identity or personal data. When Onion, Inc. does present aggregated information to potential advertisers, research firms, and business partners, no one will be able to identify you or contact you.

E-mail Services
Any/all e-mail addresses sent to us as the result of correspondence with the consumers of Onion, Inc. will not be used or collected for the purposes of reselling to a third party and will not be added to a bulk e-mailing list.

The Onion provides users the opportunity to opt-in and opt-out of receiving e-mail communications from us. This is made available during sign-up for our e-mail lists and in e-mail messages delivered from The Onion. For any list managed by The Onion, users can use the link in the footer of most e-mail messages to unsubscribe.

Sharing and Usage Of Information
The Onion never shares, sells, or rents any personal information without your permission, unless ordered by a court of law. Information submitted to us is only available to employees managing this information for purposes of contacting you or sending you emails based on your request for information.


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